The most important aspect of the waiver wire is to not to acquire the best player, but the best player for your team. The waiver wire is a needs-based system—or at least should be used as one—not a weekly spending spree.
Each and every week of the season there will be a “must-add” player on the wire. Choose wisely.
Don’t thoughtlessly grab a guy who looks good for next week without considering his situation for the entire season.
Let’s take Justin Forsett for example.
With Ray Rice released & suspended indefinitely, people can’t click the mouse hard enough to add Forsett as their No. 1 waiver priority. Ease up on that mouse button, there chief.
Forsett had a solid game in Week 1 but in all likelihood, he’s not a season-long option for the Ravens at running back; his history tells us that, not his size like others are claiming (he’s the same size as Barry Sanders).
The Ravens benched Bernard Pierce after he fumbled and Forsett took the reins in the backfield. We didn’t see Lorenzo Taliaferro because he probably didn’t get many reps in practice and wasn’t as attune to the game plan as Forsett.
For Week 2, the Ravens are likely to go back to Pierce and give him the early down work with Forsett playing his usual role in the passing game. Remember, Forsett is more of a passing-down back and the Ravens passed the ball an insane 62 times. That’s not likely to happen again.
Just as you shouldn’t get too carried away with adding Forsett, you should be careful about having too high of expectations when adding Taliaferro. He’s a nice project for you to stash, but that backfield is still using two to three backs each week.
Having said all that, here are a few players who are legitimate adds this week who will pay fantasy dividends all season long and some who won’t.
I was politic'n on Twitter for you to pick up Mark Ingram prior to kickoff.
Ingram is running harder than ever before and that’s because he’s auditioning for 31 other teams in the league. Next year he will be added to someone else’s roster and he wants to be paid well by that team.
He had the kind of start I expected in Week 1 and will continue to see plenty of goal line looks in New Orleans’ offense.
The jury is still out with respect to Donnell. Yes, he had a decent game in Week 1, but he’s one of those guys whose ceiling is so low, that it doesn’t make sense to invest much in him off the waiver wire.
One argument in favor of Donnell is that he played on 55 of the Giants 62 snaps. Opportunity is a key factor in fantasy football, which Donnell was given in Week 1, ability is the other, which is where the doubt comes in for Donnell’s long-term success. I’d hold off on him.
If you’re looking for a tight end to grab after waivers have cleared, then you should take a look at Niles Paul. He filled in exceptionally well for the injured Jordan Reed and has the trust of RGIII.
Paul used to play wideout for Nebraska and showed his athleticism in Week 1. He may fly under the waiver radar in your league so you can add him without losing your priority.
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